Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2
Select one from the following: 13
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Principles of Human Communication Honors3
Area II: Mathematics
Choose one from the following: 23
College Algebra 33
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
Statistics for Psychological Sciences3
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 3
Area IV: Social Behavioral Sciences Course
Introduction to Criminal Justice3
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 3
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following: 43
Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Informal Logic3
Ethics3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 33
General Education Elective 33-4
Viewing a Wider World 56
Departmental/College Requirements
C J Core Courses 6
The department requires C J 101G and this course will count towards both the General Education and Departmental/College Requirements
C J 205Criminal Law3
C J 301Advanced Research Methods3
C J 302Crime, Justice and Society3
C J 425Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice3
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Introduction to Criminal Justice Research3
Political Research Skills3
Experimental Methods4
Social Research: Methods3
C J Theory Courses
One course from the following:3
Introduction to Criminological Theory3
Historical Perspectives of Criminal Justice Systems3
Race, Crime and Justice3
Criminal Justice Electives
Select 12 credits from upper division Criminal Justice Electives 712
Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)
Choose one additional English Composition - Level 2 course, must be a different course that previously selected:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Second Language Requirement: (required- see below)14
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 835-32
15 credits must be Upper Division 9
Total Credits120

*A student must earn a C- or better to receive credit for any departmental and nondepartmental requirement for the BC J degrees.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Criminal Justice with a major in Criminal Justice there is a two year second language requirement (or the completion of MATH 191G), the student must do one of the following:

Option 1:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 111
CHIN 112
CHIN 211
CHIN 212
Elementary Chinese I
and Elementary Chinese II
and Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
14
FREN 111
FREN 112
FREN 211
FREN 212
Elementary French I
and Elementary French II
and Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II
14
GER 111
GER 112
GER 211
GER 212
Elementary German I
and Elementary German II
and Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
14
JPNS 111
JPNS 112
JPNS 211
JPNS 212
Elementary Japanese I
and Elementary Japanese II
and Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
14
SPAN 111
SPAN 112
SPAN 211
SPAN 212
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
and Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
14
PORT 213
PORT 214
Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
and Portuguese for Romance Language Students II
6
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 113
SPAN 213
SPAN 214
Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
and Spanish for Heritage Learners III
9

Option 2:

Prefix Title Credits
Complete the following sequence for American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
C D 374American Sign Language I3
C D 375American Sign Language II3
C D 476American Sign Language III3

Option 3:

Prefix Title Credits
Challenge the 212 level for the following courses:
CHIN 212Intermediate Chinese II3
or FREN 212 Intermediate French II
or GER 212 Intermediate German II
or JPNS 212 Intermediate Japanese II
or SPAN 212 Intermediate Spanish II
OR
Challenge the 214 level for the following courses:
PORT 214Portuguese for Romance Language Students II3
or SPAN 214 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of three years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 121G , or A ST 251G/STAT 251G or STAT 271G and ENGL 111G. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and english. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition (C- or better) 4
Choose one from the following: 1 3
College Algebra (C- or better)  
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences (C- or better, in either)
or Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
 
Statistics for Psychological Sciences (C- or better)  
C J 101G Introduction to Criminal Justice (C- or better and counts towards Area IV Requirement) 3
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts Course (C- or better) 2 3
UNIV 150 or Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations  
Public Speaking  
Principles of Human Communication  
Principles of Human Communication Honors  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 3 4
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavorial Sciences Course 3 3-4
Area V: Creative and Fine Arts Course 3 3
C J 205 Criminal Law (C- or better) 3
 Credits16-17
Second Year
Fall
Choose one from the following: (C- or better) 3
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Advanced Composition  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
General Education Elective Course 3 3-4
Second Language Requirement: 111- level (C- or better) 4 4
Elective Course 5 3
Elective Course 5 3
 Credits16-17
Spring
Choose one from the following: 3
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Advanced Composition  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
Elective Course(s) 4
Second Language Requirement: 112- level (C- or better) 4
C J 300 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research (C- or better) 6,7 3
Elective Course 8 1
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
Second Language Requirment: 211- level (C- or better) 4 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World 9 3
C J 301 Advanced Research Methods (C- or better) 7 3
C J - Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
Elective Course 5 3
 Credits15
Spring
Second Language Requirement: 212- level (C- or better) 4 3
VWW - Viewing a Wider World 9 3
C J 302 Crime, Justice and Society (C- or better) 3
C J 425 Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice (C- or better) 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
Choose one from the following: 3
Introduction to Criminological Theory (C- or better)  
Historical Perspectives of Criminal Justice Systems  
Race, Crime and Justice  
C J - Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
Elective Course 5 3
 Credits15
Spring
C J - Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
C J - Upper Division Elective Course (C- or better) 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 5 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120-122